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Khas al bagar, khas barri, milk thistle, prickly lettuce
Lactuca serriola, also called prickly lettuce, milk thistle (not to be confused with Silybum marianum, also called milk thistle) compass plant, and scarole, is an annual or biennial plant, slightly foetid, that is commonly considered a weed of orchards, roadsides and field crops. The closest wild relative of cultivated lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.). The leaves grow along a spiny stem and get progressively smaller as they reach its top. They emit latex when cut. Many flowers are produced and usually appear in the upper part of the plant.[+]
It is known as the compass plant because in the Sun the upper leaves twist round to hold their margins upright.
It is native to Europe, Asia, and north Africa, and has become naturalized elsewhere.
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